Djety Oguz – Panorama

June 12th, 2011 Sections: Issyk Kul

Last year I wrote a postcard about Djety Oguz, a valley in the Issyk Kul region, not far from Karakol, which is popular with visitors and has come to be a symbol for the region within Kyrgyzstan.

The valley is featured in all the guide books and so is well known amongst tourists, especially those who are looking for trekking possibilities.  It is also quite popular with locales.

It is particularly famous for a number of red sandstone rock formations which are associated with a couple of legends.

When we were recently in Karakol, we paid a visit to Djety Oguz.  Two of our party had visited the valley once before, but hadn’t noticed these rock formations.  The reason was simple: although they were visiting the sanatorium which is a little further up the valley, they had arrived from Bishkek in the evening and driven past them in the dark.  It was also dark when they had left, so they didn’t get to see these symbols of the Issyk Kul region.

As a result, they were pretty wide eyed with amazement as we approached the Broken Heart Rock.

We stopped underneath the rock and walked along the bank of the stream.  After a while we got back into the vehicle and drove a little further on to the other side of the rock and when we looked back, we could see the range of red sandstone cliffs which legend has it, were formed from the carcases of seven bulls.

A hot dispute broke out … how many prominentaries are there in the cliff face?: seven? … or eight?, … or nine?

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Unfortunately, we were short of time and on this occasion we couldn’t linger longer, nor go further up the valley and headed back to Bishkek.

Past the sanatorium the valley opens out into a beautiful alpine scene, with fir tree lined slopes.  There is also a valley known locally as the Valley of Colours, reflecting the colourful displays of blooming flowers that are found there in the early spring.

I keep promising myself that one day I will go back and take the four day trek from the head of the valley across the mountain passes to the South of Karakol, past the colourful Lake Ala Kul and down into the Altyn Arashan valley.   However, it seems that fate, and the pressures of work, conspire against me.

Victor Rehemyae took a number of panoramas in the valley.  Here is one of them, taken from the hillside just across the road from the Seven Bulls formation which gives the valley its name:

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